Give us a taker not a giver

John Bible Background

New Testament: John 18.39–40

To read the Bible in a year, read John 18.24–40 on June 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Pilate wanted to release Jesus from the condemnation of the Jews, and one of the tactics that he used was a custom that the Jews and the Romans had worked out in the past:

“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

– John 18.39–40

What did Jesus ever take from anyone? Nothing, because He devoted His life to giving and serving, but the man the Jews wanted released was a taker, taking things from people by force that he had no business taking.

Questions:

  • What is wrong when people want a taker rather than a giver?
  • In what way did Pilate refer to Jesus?

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